“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
..attention is scarce and it’s hard to scale.
in a blog post about the Long Tail & the Short Head
“Half our standards come from our first masters, and the other half from our first loves.”
VC Fred Wilson, while writing about the importance of mentors, also suggests this:
The thing about mentors is you can’t really ask someone to mentor you. It kind of happens organically. Someone takes you under their wing. They see something in you and want to bring it out, develop it. That’s how the best mentor/mentee relationships happen. And they are so great.
I wrote this quote out this morning. A quick check on my favourite quote researcher and it appears that this quote has been wrongly attributed to several other people, most prominently Maya Angelou. Documentary evidence unearthed by the Quote Investigator identifies Carl W. Bruehner as the originator in 1971.
I also did something quite out of the ordinary for me. I made a few copies of this & shared it with a few senior leaders at work that I was in a meeting with. Who knows what impact it may have? Regardless, I think as a communicator (aren’t we all??), it is important to remember the emotional valence of our words & actions.